Friday, 24 June 2016

Kindness to an Orphaned Baby Elephant

There are many ways to show kindness to an orphan. Sometimes it takes a bit of thought and creativity to figure out what would be the most suitable type of help for a particular orphan. When Temba a baby elephant in South Africa lost his mother, he could have been left with the herd of elephants to allow nature to take it's course. With enormous kindness and concern for animals, the team of Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre decided that intervention was necessary.

Watching the video that follows brings tears to the eyes of someone who is sensitive to nature and kindness. The incredible Divine Intervention that took place on many levels is so special to watch. Just to begin with, how did they decide that one particular sheep would be the perfect one to become a friend and give the baby elephant the necessary incentive to start drinking milk once more.

The video teaches so much on so many levels. Set aside 50 minutes to enjoy. It's well worth the time and you can gain so much from watching this.




We'd love to hear what you learned from watching this video. What did you learn about kindness in general and kindness to animals in particular? What did you learn about respect? What did you learn about appreciating nature? What did you learn about caring for an orphan?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Study the Parshah in Just Two Minutes!


We just received a thank you and some feedback from a friend. She wrote in to say that she had received her copy of our latest publication, "Parshah in Just Two Minutes". This is the third friend to write in and not only thank us for sending a copy but to give us some valuable feedback and comments too. We so appreciate the time that each person takes to let us know if a book arrived, to take the time to look through the book and to be kind enough to share their thoughts about the publication. Every opinion helps us to know what our friends and readers value and would like to read.

Thank you to each of you who has taken the time to respond.

Amongst her feedback, our friend mentioned that this book does not have in-depth discussion about the weekly Torah portion. She mentioned that she enjoys reading the work of someone else who provides in-depth commentary however that she seldom has the time to do so. Thank you for highlighting one of the purposes of OUR book. "Parshah in Just Two Minutes" by Rabbi Eliyahu Shear is not intended to be an in-depth discussion on the Torah. It is a concise summary that helps the reader to get to know the Parshah. It is for the busy business person or housewife who needs to fulfill the Mitzvah of reading the daily Torah portion but lacks the time to do so effectively. It is for the Jew in Shul who needs either a reminder as to what each Aliyah is about while waiting for the next Torah reading or who needs some Torah to help to keep him or her focused in order to observe the Mitzvah of not speaking in Shul.The book is also valuable for the newcomer to Torah at whatever age he or she is. It gives a brief overview of each daily portion of the Parshah. As stated on the back cover it is to give the reader the gist of the Parshah and nothing more.

There is so much that we still want to add as a sequel to a series that could include things like insights into the Parshah. We appeal to those who value our books to sponsor dedications within the books so that we can write and produce more quality publications.

 
Looking for an overview or summary of the weekly Torah portion? You can obtain a copy of the book too. We are delighted that the book is already out on the following well known online retail bookstores:

- Amazon - the main Amazon for the US
 
If you find the book on any other websites, please do let us know so that we can update the list of where the book can be found. 

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Monday, 13 June 2016

Developing Recovery Centre for Sea Turtles


One of the great things about writing a book is that you get to know a lot about a given topic, often after the book is written. In keeping a look out for what is happening regarding tortoises and turtles, the topic of our first kids book, I'm learning so much.

In Hebrew the word for turtle is Tzav Yam, that does not really distinguish whether the water is sea water or fresh water. I forget how our amazing translator dealt with this issue, however, here is an interesting piece of information about sea turtles. 

Did you know that sea turtles are endangered? So much so that there is a need to establish a recovery centre that will cost $2M. The Sea Turtle Recovery Centre is to be created at a zoo in New Jersey called the Turtle Back Zoo. Now that is a fascinating name for a zoo. I took a look at the website and am impressed with their mission. As to how the name came about, according to the website it seems that in 1962 Max Drill, Inc was awarded funding to begin a zoo on a 15.5 acre plot of land. The zoo opened in 1963 and the name came from a specific rock formation on the mountain side near the zoo. 

From the looks of things, the zoo has a particular interest in creating a special place both for the animals and for children. I love the idea behind the mission statement, take a look: "TURTLE BACK ZOO is committed to providing an enriching recreational experience that fosters excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation, so that present and future generations are inspired to understand, appreciate and protect the fragile interdependence of all living things."

Well, I learned a lot about a zoo in New Jersey that I had not known existed. I also learned from the article, that the US has 6 different sea turtle species. Did you know that? 
 
It certainly sounds like the Turtle Back Zoo is committed to caring for the animals and the environment. It's a bit far for me to visit, so if you happen to know the zoo or to visit, do drop a note below and let us know what your experience was like. 

Shoshanah Shear

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